PANTONE: Official Colours for Autumn 2015 & How to Wear Them!
It may be the first week of August with plenty of summer sunshine still left to enjoy, but for many, our sights are firmly set ahead to the approaching seasons. With AW15 on the horizon, retailers across Britain are already changing over their stock to reflect the colder months ahead – thankfully our trends and styles are planned months in advance by experts and designers, who predict what we’ll be wearing from month to month so we don’t have to! And leading at the forefront of the innovations and seasonal transitions, most prominently, is Pantone.
Renowned for their unparalled intuition for selecting colour trends, the company had mapped out this Autumn / Winter’s signature colours all the way back at the beginning of the year. Stylistically, the colours are precisely what you’d expect from this time of year, with transitioning, vibrant hues for autumn gradually blending through to jewel tones and more subdued shades suited to winter. This season’s colours are official called: ‘Dried Herb, Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, Oak Buff, Marsala, Biscay Bay, Reflecting Pond, Cadmium Orange, Cashmere Rose and Amethyst Orchid’ – if you’re thinking the names of the colours alone do little to conjure the shade in your mind, don’t worry because we’re going to run through each of the hues and advise you on how you can inject a little shot of each colour into your jewellery box – staying on trend has never been easier!
1. Dried Herb
First up from Pantone is ‘Dried Herb’ (that’s essentially khaki to you and me) – an eternally classic shade of green that seems to stick around all year, present in fashion trends, every season. This particular shade of green makes for a great transitional tone as we enter into the autumn months; reflecting the colour of turning leaves, Dried Herb is a relatively neutral, natural colour that’s easy to wear with almost any combination of colours. There are so many green gemstones that it was particularly hard for us to narrow down our favourite pieces to just four items, but we think we’ve found a striking selection that will look lovely paired with any ensemble – forget about camouflage prints, this is definitely the way to be wearing this shade in the coming seasons!
Chosen by Pantone as ‘Colour of the Year’, critics had their doubts about its presence in fashion during the start of the year. However as we move forward towards autumn, Marsala has definitely earnt its place in our wardrobes – the earthy, rich shade of red is both sophisticated and fun! Marsala provides a stunning contrast for shades of blue, black and brown, whilst also remaining a stand-out shade, worn on its own. If you feel that this particular shade of red isn’t suited to your particular colour palette or don’t feel daring enough to don yourself from head-to-toe in the hue, complete your outfit with jewellery accents in the shade.
3. Biscay Bay
If you’re not feeling ready to give up the bright, vivid colours that are synonymous with summer fashion, then Biscay Bay is the colour for you. Still tonally tropical, the shade of blue is the perfect transitional shade from tropical teals. Aesthetically soothing and serene, this cool blue will splash up perfectly against heated tones and look fantastic when paired with contrasting creams, blacks and denim fabrics. We’re loving the combination of Biscay Bay Blue with Sterling Silver jewellery, it’s a beautiful harmony that we’ll happily wear right through to winter.
4. Reflecting Pond
Sophisticated and mysterious, Pantone’s shade of navy blue, Reflecting Pond is perfect for those who prefer a more serious shade. Dark blues will always remain a classic wardrobe staple, their ability to compliment all colours, whilst offering a softer alternative to black is the reason we all reach for this hue time and time again. Reflecting Pond’s versatility means it’ll suit a whole range of colour palettes and styles – from office chic to dressed-down grunge, you’ll be able to manipulate the hue to suit you.
5. Desert Sage
The lightest of all Pantone’s colour selections, Desert Sage is the ideal neutral. Its unobtrusive natural hue, offers both a demure, muted alternative to creams and strong enough to make a striking impact at the same time. The shade’s cool grey undertones mean it’ll look stunning when paired with a whole spectrum of grey hues, whilst its hints to pale green will provide a fantastic contrast with khakis, blues and warmer gold tones. If you’re stylistically always attracted to monochromes, Desert Sage is the perfect introductory colour to add to your ensemble.
6. Stormy Weather
It wouldn’t be autumn without the addition of a shade of grey. Stormy Weather’s apt name not only accurately reflects the type of weather forecast we expect to see over the coming months, but its tone really is reflecting of an overcast day. Powerful yet dependable, the shade will blend seamlessly into the colour palette of your wardrobe and offer a certain opulence and luxury when worn with contrasting monochromes. You’ll need no excuse to try out this colour, and with a selection of gun metal grey accessories, you’ll really give life to this otherwise neutral colour.
7. Oak Buff
With tones running parallel with the setting sun, infuse your wardrobe with the shade, Oak Buff – the perfect, comforting blend of harvest meadows and golden sunshine. A softer alternative to traditional mustard shades, the shade is probably closer in relation to camel than yellow. It’s muted, neutral hue makes it perfect for collaborating with blues, oranges and khaki tones – very reminiscent of the 70’s styling which kicked off 2015! Layering golden jewellery over this particular shade will really complete your outfit and give it an opulent glow.
8. Cashmere Rose
A richer alternative to the blushing shades which graced summer’s catwalks, Cashmere Rose is a perfectly pretty, tactile shade which both teases and tantalizes in its appearance. Not quite the shocking ‘Barbie’ pink that you’ll remember from your childhood, the decidedly more dusky hue is more sophisticated than its predecessor. Paired with shades of purple, navy and black, Cashmere Rose will add a touch of flirtatious femininity to any ensemble without looking gaudy or garish.
9. Amethyst Orchid
Rich, lavish and evocative of a royal lifestyle, Amethyst Orchid is the crown jewel in Pantone’s spectrum of colours. Appealing to all, the shade is both as intriguing and vibrant as sensual and bold. A decidedly cooler tone than the purples we’ve become accustomed to over the summer months, the shade will look perfect when paired with green and blue tonal hues. Forget about the outdated shades of lavender you may have lying in the back of your closet, if you’re feeling brave give this colour a spin!
10. Cadmium Orange
Last but certainly not least, Pantone’s final shade will pack a punch to your wardrobe – Cadmium Orange. The last burning glimpse of summer heat and perfect harvest time shade, the burning, playful orange hue will stand boldly on its own or add an accent of glamour to your style. Not for the faint hearted, the striking and unmissable shade is sure to grab people’s attention, though its warm, welcoming undertones will suit almost all colour palettes. We think pairing this colour with Rose Gold jewellery will add another dimension to your ensemble and really provide an eye-catching optimism to your style.